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A Short History Of The Christmas Tree

By ohomen171 follow ohomen171   2019 Dec 25, 7:29am 186 views   4 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


#christmastreesO Tannenbaum
It’s not Christmas without the defining Christmas tree.

The ornately decorated conifer is a tradition in many households during the Christmas period, and it’s a very old one, Time magazine reported.

Historian Judith Flanders noted in her 2017 book “Christmas: A Biography” that the first Christmas trees emerged in present-day Germany during the 15th century.

In 1419, a guild in Freiburg set up a decorated fir to celebrate the feast of Adam and Eve, which fell on Christmas eve. The tree – decorated with apples, nuts, and gingerbread – would symbolize the tree of knowledge in the Bible story, and its popularity started spreading.

Flanders reported that the “first decorated indoor tree” was recorded in 1605, in Strasbourg, now in modern-day France. The city also had the oldest Christmas tree market back then, where sellers sold “Weihnachtsbäume,” or Christmas trees.

In North America, references to Christmas trees in private homes were documented in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, thanks to European immigrants and missionaries.

It was only later in the 19th century when gigantic outdoor Christmas trees started appearing in American cities.

The electricity lobby pushed for the first “National Christmas Tree” at the White House as a publicity stunt for the benefits of electricity.

As times changed, so did the trees: In the mid-twentieth century artificial trees started replacing the real fir and pine trees that once decorated American homes.

While fake trees have less environmental impact, the National Christmas Tree Association is encouraging consumers to buy real trees to support the local economies.

Going for the real deal might also be the right choice to keep traditions alive, A.R.C. Jones, a professor at Canada’s MacDonald College, told Time magazine back in 1964.

“We live in an artificial environment,” he said. “The Christmas tree is one of the few things left that is natural.”
1   HeadSet   ignore (3)   2019 Dec 25, 8:11am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

“The Christmas tree is one of the few things left that is natural.”

I, like so many others, have an artificial Christmas tree.
2   Tenpoundbass   ignore (14)   2019 Dec 25, 9:43am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

The Christmas Tree, was a Roman Pagan ritual, to celebrate the Winter Solstice. The Trees were decorated alive, still standing where they grew. So the first Christmas Trees were all outdoor Christmas Trees.

The Electric Lobby? Really?

The 19th Century Christmas was a Fostered Government phenomenon like no other. But it wasn't just one single lobby that helped create Christmas as we know it.
Most think the Government created the American Christmas as we know it give Retail and Commerce a shot in the arm. While they were beneficiaries of it. That was only a benefit of the American Government policy of creating the Christmas culture and traditions we associate with Christmas.

The biggest reason was there are so many Christian takes on faith, religion and traditions. In the 18th Century Christmas was one of them. Protestants, Catholic, Baptists, Methodists ect. All had their own way to celebrate. And during Holy Holidays, similar sects can clash over their differences. We are a nation under God. The American Christmas was created to unite all religions right down to Judaism.
American Hanuka is quite different than the rest of the world as well. American Christmas worked Hanuka celebrations into Christmas as a Companion religion.
The 12 days of Christmas is one such nod. Every Christian knows there is only one day of Christmas. Also a Dreidel does not look out of place, in a Christmas collage of Bows, Stars, Bulbs, wrapped boxes and toy soldiers. Thus "Happy Holidays" was born.
3   komputodo   ignore (2)   2019 Dec 26, 5:18pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

ohomen171 says
The ornately decorated conifer is a tradition in many households during the Christmas period, and it’s a very old one, Time magazine reported.

Time also said greta was the person of the year...i can't read that garbage anymore
4   Onvacation   ignore (6)   2019 Dec 26, 7:25pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

komputodo says
Time also said greta was the person of the year...i can't read that garbage anymore

They also made Hitler person of the year. Stalin won the honor twice.

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